High Winds Cause Roofing Damage

When wind storms hit, insurance companies aren’t happy, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t file a claim if your roof is damaged.  Metro Milwaukee was hit by a massive wind storm on February 19th this year (2016).  Wind speeds of 63 mph were recorded at Mitchell International Airport and many homes were affected.

Here’s what you’ll want to look for:

Wind ripped off two shingles and loosened the nail hem on another one. Sealants did not hold this roof down and you'll notice the creases on the lower shingle which caused lift up and resulted in granule loss.

Wind ripped off two shingles and loosened the nail hem on another one. Sealants did not hold this roof down and you’ll notice the creases on the lower shingle which caused lift up and resulted in granule loss.

  • Lift up:  When wind gets up underneath a shingle, it can cause it to lift up.  If it’s slight, chances are that some high heat from a good summer day will allow it to relax back down.  However, if this happens, it means that the adhesives have pretty much failed in that area.  To prevent this, roofing adhesive can be applied to the underside of the shingle once it has re-relaxed.  The adhesive, once activated, should hold down a shingle that has simply lifted up.
  • Crack off:  Shingles that have gone beyond simply lifting up, and have actually flipped over, will sometimes crack off.  When this happens it is time to at very least replace that shingle.   If it is an older roof, it is a sign that you should consider replacing your roof as this is a sign that the shingles have become brittle enough to crack and a repair today will mean that the next big wind storm will result in even more damage.
  • Missing Shingles:  During a severe wind storm you will find that shingles not only lift up, but they can be completely torn off.  This is the most significant and serious of roofing problems and this is likely to result in damage to the interior of your home it cannot be fixed.

 

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